I love to read but in England the only time I ever really had to settle down with a good book was on holiday. My family and I used to get through a ridiculous amount of books on holidays, we used to have to initial the inside covers so we would know which titles we’d already read! Since arriving here I have really been able to get stuck into some great books and just enjoy reading again. There are two books that I have read in the past few months that I have particularly enjoyed.
The first is Tracks by Robyn Davidson, a book given to us by a great friend just before we left for Thailand. This book was first published back in 1980 and follows the journey of Davidson as she attempts and ultimately succeeds in travelling across Australia with a pack of camels. It is a truly inspiring read, full of grit and human determination against all odds. Davidson’s wonderful writing paints a vivid picture in your mind making this a true page turner. If you haven’t already read this, I strongly recommend you do! The book was adapted into a film in 2013, I haven’t seen it yet but I’ll be interested to see if it manages to capture the essence of such a wonderfully courageous true story. Thanks to DF for this incredible book and the faith as always.
The second book is entirely different. One Summer: America 1927 by Bill Bryson is as the title of the book suggests a non-fictional chronicle of the summer in 1927 in America. It tells the fascinating tales of the coming of aviation with Charles Lindbergh, the transition of baseball into a money making enterprise with Babe Ruth as well as lots more fascinating developments that seemed insignificant at the time but really shaped the world we know today, such as ‘talking pictures’, Henry Ford and Mount Rushmore. It isn’t an easy read by any stretch; I found myself flicking back to remind myself of who was who and many pages have footnotes to explain facts vital to the story, but I really enjoyed it and felt by the end I had actually learned a lot!
I have just started Wild by Cheryl Strayed, a true story that has been thrust into the public eye with the December 2014 release of the film of the same name starring Reese Witherspoon as Strayed. Again I haven’t yet seen the film (I always try to read the book first) but am already looking forward to watching it as I get drawn into a tale of personal grief, self destruction and the subsequent journey to get it all back trekking the Pacific Crest Trail. In fact, I am off to sit in the sunshine and carry on reading!
I’m in need of some recommendations, what great books have you read recently?